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Friday, 01 May 2009


She is possibly following the advice of Miss Prism ("The importance of being Earnest") and omitting the chapter on the fall of the rupee "as it tends somewhat unduly towards the sensational".

Mr Bagshaw at his sharpest! you made me laugh!

If she's reading Robinson, wouldn't it be fun if Reginald Blomfield (Robinson's 'rival') were to leap in from beyond the frame and snatch the book from her lap (her garden is suitably informal for it to be an affront to RB). Her odd expression might liven up a bit then!
All silliness apart, I reckon she's reading poetry.

I do agree! I am surprised that there isn't a cute kitten on her lap to complete the chocolate box effect. In the spirit of assigning her an improving book, let us pretend that she is an early reader of the truly revolutionary and influential "The English Flower Garden" written by William Robinson and published in 1883.

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